Friday, May 13, 2011

Lilies in Moonlight

What a wonderful delight to read Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman. I was a little sad when the book ended because I felt like the characters were close friends.

The novel takes place in the 1920’s in America when “flappers” were first appearing. The main character is named Lilly Margolis, a 22 year old young woman living a sinful life. She drinks and smokes and parties with her friends every chance she gets. She ran away from home in Pennsylvania to Pensacola, Florida. She becomes a door-to-door sales girl for Dalliance Cosmetics.

“He’d lost his zest for life. She was just lost. Will they find the healing and love they long for?” –Quote from the back of the book.

This is a tale of how one of Lilly's sales leads her to a great adventure with the son of Betty Ruth Burnside. She is an older widow who is a good Christian woman but has “amnesia problems”. Her son’s name is Cullen and he was wounded in the Great War. It is not only an adventure of love, but love from our Heavenly Father.

Lilly discovers that not everyone is like her critical, extremely judgmental,  “religious” mother. She comes to realize that people can love her no matter what sins she has committed.

It is also a store of redemption for Cullen who used to be a baseball player before the war. He gets his chance to take his heart to a whole new level with the Lord. He steps out in faith for his mother.

Here is a quote from chapter 19 where Lilly is reading from the book of Ecclesiastes to Betty Ruth: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…” (pg. 172).

The bible is quoted many times as well as old hymns. It was beautifully written and I enjoyed reading it very much. I hope to read more of Allison Pittman’s books.

In the end, Lilly is such a joy and Cullen gets exactly what he thought he never wanted.

God Bless,


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